A digital reference resource which equips students with the skills to reference any source type correctly

Please note that this digital resource is not available to institutions in the USA.

  • Cite Them Right homepage
  • Cite Them Right example webpage called the basics of referencing
  • Cite Them Right referencing example screenshot
  • Cite Them Right referencing tutorial screenshot

Cite them right is a digital reference resource which equips students with the skills to reference any source type correctly and to avoid plagiarism with confidence.

It teaches students how to build and check their references with confidence. And helps them gain a long-term understanding of referencing principles instilling good practice for their entire academic careers.

A tried and tested resource, providing high-quality, accurate reference information.

Teachers can trust Cite them right, just like the printed book on which it is based.


  • 11 section interactive tutorial with four assessments – bite-sized content actively engages students and teaches them the importance of referencing. Assessments provide students with the ability to check their understanding and ensure thorough knowledge of referencing topics.
  • Basics section and FAQs – offer quick and easy access to the most commonly asked questions about referencing, as well as helpful guidance to keep students on the right track.
  • 150+ source types – including books, journals, webpages, moodboards, podcasts, song lyrics, graffiti, Twitter and more.
  • You Try – an interactive feature for building references – enables students to construct references easily and save or place them into their work.
  • Administrators have the ability to generate reports and assess usage – reports are available showing totals, as well as usage of different areas of the site, and performance of students in the referencing tutorial.
  • Comprehensive, accurate coverage of the main referencing systems – provides information and guidance on Harvard, APA, MHRA, MLA, OSCOLA, Vancouver and Chicago referencing styles.

Access options

IP Authentication, Referring URL, Single Sign-on

To find out more about how the different access options work please see our General Access Information.

Usage statistics

Usage statistics are available via the admin section.


“I have been using Cite Them Right for several years now, mainly with our EPQ and IB pupils, but increasingly with lower years too. I am a huge fan because it teaches students how to cite and reference in a really clear and simple way. It doesn’t automatically generate references (and I’ve yet to find a generator either accurate enough or which covers the myriad source types students use in their essays), but rather it guides students through the process. There are example citations and reference list entries for each source type, and the ‘You try’ box, where a pupil can overwrite an example reference with their own resource details while keeping the formatting, is incredibly helpful. Every type of resource is on there – I know, because when a student came and asked for help with citing Hansard, we found how to do it on Cite Them Right!” Mrs S Pritchard, Senior and Research Librarian, Charterhouse

“I’ve been trying to get our students to understand that to avoid plagiarism they need to cite correctly. That is why I subscribed to Cite Them Right – it is a brilliant partner to the print book and as it is online will be more widely used and is available to all at any time, which relieves the demand for the print book. The videos are visually engaging on relevant topics such as the benefits of citation as well as the risks of plagiarism and will be useful as another means of getting the message through. I was also impressed that students can get to practice citing in different formats, using different source types, with the ‘You Try’ box and send the citations to themselves – it is a very clever tool to help them become confident at citation. I hope that Cite Them Right will help to teach staff support students, and support the students outside of class. Cite Them Right is a good investment as it applies across all subject areas and will help a lot of them get into good practice before they progress into HE where citation is vital.”  Rebecca Hill, LRC Librarian, Learning Resources Manager & Literacy Champion, Huddersfield New College

“We are a well-established British Curriculum secondary school based in the Middle East and are now six months into our Cite Them Right subscription. The ability to access usage statistics for Cite Them Right is further confirmation that the resource is being used and therefore a welcome addition to our bank of online resources. Our 6th Form students and those also undertaking the Extended Project Qualification now have a tool that not only helps them build the reference correctly but also serves as an instructional exercise in the process of learning how to do this. The fact that there are examples of both what the reference should look like in text as well as in the Bibliography is also a benefit. As an EPQ mentor over the past years, it was evident in the way referencing was presented in papers that there was a need for this type of resource. Highly recommended.”  Librarian, Anon

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We use free citation tools – why do we need Cite Them Right?

Free citation tools are often geared towards using academic journals. However, students are now using multiple sources across a range of subjects – such as video and online articles – which require specific referencing. Cite Them Right provides guidance on a wide range of sources.

Which referencing styles are covered in Cite Them Right?

Cite Them Right contains information on referencing all of its sources in Harvard (author-date). However, there is also information about referencing in American Psychological Association (APA), Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA), Modern Languages Association (MLA), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA), Vancouver, and Chicago referencing systems.

Can Cite Them Right be accessed on a mobile device?

Yes. The site is responsive and user-friendly across a range of mobile devices, notably iPad, iPhone and Android phones.

Does Cite Them Right allow me to edit site content?

You can add custom text on various areas of the website, including the homepage and referencing examples. You can also submit requests to hide certain referencing styles.

How can I increase or decrease the font size on the resource?

Most text content is presented as HTML to ensure that it is resizable and reflowable. The platform has been tested up to 200% zoom to ensure that the text still renders correctly without the loss of functionality or navigation.

Can I use a screen reader with the resource?

Yes, content is accessible using a screen reader, and all main content pages are correctly tagged to allow screen reader users the ability to navigate content and understand its structure.

Can I use a keyboard to navigate through the resource?

Yes, the resource has been thoroughly tested and most of the site’s functionality is fully accessible via keyboard. The areas that are not currently fully optimised are being worked on and are due to be resolved soon.